Lives in Bogota, Colombia
Since Sep 2013
25-34 year old female
I love to travel...feeling the real magic of the places, exploring flavors, people, landscapes. I like to feel like a local everywhere, as if some friend would guiding me but at the same time I like to live my city as a traveler. I enjoy to share my city with foreigners.
Historic Sites, Art Museums
Gardens, Nature & Wildlife Areas
This is one of the most important museums in Colombia, and is famous the world over; if you like art you should really pay it a visit. There are big golden pieces among its collection, made during pre-Colombian times, as well as many other items representing native Colombian culture.
This museum represents our history and national heritage. There are 17 rooms where you can explore the various periods of Colombian history, and the building itself is representative of the national architectural style, as it use to be a panopticon. This place is for everyone — you will find history, architecture, and art here, as well as good coffee. Because it is the oldest museum and one of the most important in the country, there are always great temporary exhibitions too.
If you want to experience the contemporary art scene in Bogota, you should definitely visit MAMBO. This place has a constant offering of workshops and activities, as well as cinema events. It has permanent and temporary exhibitions featuring both Colombian and international artists.
This museum is also known as 'Museum July 20th,' which is Colombian Independence Day. On that date, the famous story of a broken flower vase took place, which triggered the war of independence. This museum's focus is on the history of independence and the building itself also represents an important national architectural style.
Fernando Botero is one of the most famous Colombian artists, so this museum is a must-visit. In his museum, you will find a large collection of his paintings and sculptures, famously depicting figures in his signature disproportionate style. The house is considered representative of national architectural heritage too, so taking a look over this place is a must.
This place is recommended not only for its great art collection, but also for its ongoing activities and workshops, with samples from all of the arts — from music to paintings. The museum store is also very nice, and you will find good souvenirs here. This is one museum that local people visit too, due to its interesting, temporary exhibitions.
Maloka is a nice place to go with kids; a unique, interactive science museum in Bogota. There is a 3D Cinema and nine rooms where you can find different exhibits relating to technology, physics and chemistry, as well as the history of the city. If you are traveling as a family, this is the place for you.
Originally known as 'Hacienda El Chico,' located to the north of the city in the heart of the modern capital, this house was donated by Mercedes Sierra de Perez, a well-known millionaire from the 50s. The museum exhibits the house's original furnishings, while its garden is a nice park, with a big playground, great for kids.
This is a relatively unknown museum in Bogota due to its location - a neighborhood called Minuto de Dios which is not frequented much by tourists. It's a great place however, and is a past winner of the prize for National Architecture for its building design. This museum displays works by new Colombian artists, and contains both national and international artwork from the 60s to the modern day. The collection grows every day too, as its part of the Google Art Project, meaning there's always something new to see.
This place could make your visit to Bogota even more special. The Botanic Garden is a good place to explore Colombian flora; you will experience different environments that are representative of the different types of weather conditions found in this varied country. It's a peaceful place too, even though it's in the middle of the city, and is away from the tourist area, which is great if you want to feel like a local.